Sunday, November 8, 2015

Silhouettes

silhouettes
we made of ourselves
in grade school… 
how many know me
only by my profile

A Hundred Gourds, 2:3, June 2013


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  1. I remember those silhouettes - so fun to make with school buddies. It's intriguing to think of all the small ways in which others (who really don't know us at all) see us. Coming from a fairly small town, I often ran into people who knew me (or kind of implied that they did) simply because I was related to someone they actually DID know. Ha! Whenever that happened ... it felt very strange.

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    1. Yes, Wendy…and we barely even know ourselves, it seems!

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  2. An interesting meditation on how we appear to others; on how much we choose to reveal or hide. I keep thinking how well this tanka would also work if the last word were 'poems.'

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    1. An intriguing idea, Jenny, to have used "poems" instead of "profile." I've been thinking of that, wondering how much we reveal vs leave out of our poems, too.

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  3. I remember those! Cool you still have it. I am so often astounded by the layers you create in your tanka, as you've done here.

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    1. Jennifer, I wish I knew which year it was. Maybe second grade, I'm thinking? Thanks about the layers!

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  4. I also recall those small silhouettes--how many of us had that little flip in the back I wonder

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    1. I wonder if kids still make those in school.
      My mother used to like to curl my hair.

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  5. I don't remember making one, but I had one done in the 5 & 10 cent store.(Remember those?) Interesting to wonder how others see us.

    Adelaide

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    1. Yes, I remember "five and dime" stores - kind of similar to the "dollar" stores of today? Thanks for visiting, Adelaide.

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